In order to develop well coordinated platforms to push the dialogue process forward, a stakeholder mapping was completed in both countries to identify and create a database of NGOs, and CSOs, academia and researchers and eminent members of the civil society. The mapping is based on an analysis of experience of individuals and organisations in the related fields based on their work, publications (international, project documents etc), institutional visibility etc.
The stakeholders identified through the process were involved in the dialogues and supporting research with the understanding that while the civil society organisations will share their perspective through the dialogue process, the universities and knowledge institutes will contribute to the research activities appropriately integrating the key learning from the dialogue process. It should be noted that this does not undermine the larger network building and collaboration between all the actors and stakeholders and is an effort to make optimum use of the resources and constituencies of those involved. Government organisations and agencies with relevant experience and have also been included in the mapping.
The stakeholder mapping exercise is an ongoing one where we document relevant information as we move through project implementation and activities. The first round of stakeholder mapping in Bangladesh and India was completed in 2010 and updated in 2011 and has identified about 480 domestic and international agencies, research institutions, CSOs and individuals in both the countries. It also brought us an enormous resource in the shape of research material and bibliography related to the themes of the project.
This stakeholder database from both countries will serve as the base inventory of relevant individuals and organisations that can perhaps be involved with the project activities in multiple ways. The database will be revisited regularly and for periodic updates and appropriate additions to ensure the listing of all relevant information.
This database can be used to search for, consult and identify stakeholders working within the region. www.E4L.org is an active site which is being constantly updated and refined. As it is in its early development stages we are keen that users take advantage of the site's comments and feedback mechanisms to help refine it further. You can also e-mail the project at firstname.lastname@example.org to provide your feedback.